What is speech and language therapy?
The speech and language therapy service at Speech Symbol
and Sign helps children of all abilities develop speech, language
and communication skills to their full potential.
This could involve helping your child to learn his/her first
words and how to put these words together into sentences.
Maybe the focus will be on encouraging your child both to
listen to and understand longer sentences.
Your child could need additional help to learn to say certain
Your child may be struggling to learn to talk due to physical
or learning disabilities, or a combination of both. He/She
will require an individualised specialist programme of therapy,
building on his/her strengths in order to develop effective
The first, assessment appointment always takes place in the
child's home, with one or both parents present, as children
are normally at their most confident at home.
Therapy is always play based, and it can be useful for a
child to have a favourite toy or book to share with the therapist
at this first appointment.
Experience has shown it is best not to tell
your chid that they will need to talk - children go strangely
silent when they know this!
Maybe tell your child that someone is coming to play with
him/her, and look at books.
At the first appointment the therapist will discuss any concerns
the parents have, gather background information, and assess
the child through targeted play and book activities.
This will give a picture of the child's difficulties and
needs. The outcome will be discussed with parents, and a joint
decision will be made regarding any further therapy.